Application Release Automation Solutions

Market Environment

Just as technology has been advancing at a rapid pace, the environment in which IT Operations and Application Development Teams work has also evolved. Organizations are moving away from Waterfall development models, with its infrequent, expensive, and high-risk production cycles. Instead, nimble, Agile methodologies are being adopted, which promote frequent, lower-risk, incremental code updates and production release cycles. As a result, IT Ops and Development teams alike need automation and management tools that are designed to support Continuous Integration efforts.

In addition, many companies have Development, Test, UAT,QA and Production teams distributed at numerous locations all over the world. Managing the deployment needs of these global teams introduces operational challenges, whereby automation, audit and visibility take on increased importance.


Challenges

As IT Operations and Application Development teams navigate faster, market-drive release cycles, they must take into account several considerations:

  • In an Agile environment, the traditional separation of roles between Development and IT Operations can be a liability. Once an organization moves to Agile development methodologies, the gap between Development and IT Operations which worked so well in the Waterfall model becomes problematic. It creates release bottlenecks and delayed change requests which disrupt Continuous Integration efforts and drag down rapid software development targets.
  • ​IT Operations teams often face deployment-related challenges. The combination of cross-team collaboration, complex and distributed infrastructures, and constant change requests can result in excessive administrative overhead and governance concerns.
  • Manual processes slow rapid release cycles. Organizations that use Java and IIS/.NET to build business critical applications often encounter challenges related to error prone scripts and disconnected manual processes. Likewise, many companies using Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) have discovered that native manual release efforts can interrupt Agile development cycles and break popular TFS features like data collection, reporting, and project tracking.

How Attunity Can Help

Attunity RepliWeb application release automation and content replication platform enables Developer, Marketing, QA and IT Operations teams alike to respond more quickly to the needs of the business.

Developers can execute and monitor code releases, while satisfying corporate security and compliance policies. Standardized, reproducible processes enable Continuous Integration, as well as accelerated release cycles. Marketing teams can enable “On-Demand” publishing capabilities to update content, images and rich media. IT Operations teams are able to govern release across each stage - Development, Test, UAT, and Production. This provides clear visibility into “who” moved “what” to “where” and “when.” Click to learn more about Attunitys RepliWeb Deployment Manager’s Features and Benefits.

With Attunity, organizations can address the release and deployment needs of web and application infrastructures built on Windows (.NET & SharePoint), Unix and Linux environments.